toxic chemicals

Macklemore, Columbia Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Toxic PFCs

Columbia has found an unlikely ally in its quest to stem the use of perfluorinated compounds in outerwear: hip-hop artist Macklemore. The Portland, Ore.–based sportswear company,…

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It's Time to Update Our 80-Year-Old Cosmetics, Personal-Care Safety Laws

Photo by Karina Carvalho/Unsplash Years in the making, the battle for cosmetics reform legislation is slowly making headway to make cosmetics safer for American consumers. New bills…

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Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

Photo by Scubagirl85/Wikimedia Commons Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a way for fabrics to repair themselves with just a little pressure and warm water. The…

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Greenpeace Slams Mammut, The North Face for Toxic Chemical Use

Greenpeace wants outdoor-apparel companies to clear the air, stat. A recent investigation by the environmental nonprofit found high concentration of hazardous per- and polyfluorinated…

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Greenpeace Reveals the Most—And Least—Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Even seasoned models have been known to take a spill or two on the runway. We’re only human, after all. For the fashion brands behind them, however, the onus not to stumble weighs…

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This Common Cosmetic Ingredient May Be More Toxic Than We Thought

Photo by Agberto Guimaraes/Unsplash Butylparaben, a common preservative found in cosmetics and skincare products, could have more severe effects on the body’s endocrine system…

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The "Human Sensor" is a Garment That Responds to Air Pollution

As illnesses and deaths due to air pollution is on the rise, scientists and designers are turning to wearable technology as a way to create cleaner air while waiting for governmental…

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Columbia Debuts "Ultimate" Sustainable Rain Jacket

H2NO The problem with PFCs has everything to do with its chemistry. “The carbon-fluorine bond as found in PFCs is one of the strongest bonds known to man,” Columbia said.…

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New Campaign Calls Out "Hypocrisy" of Toxic Yoga-Apparel Brands

In “Gandhi Does Yoga,” a tongue-in-cheek video by College Humor, ol’ Mahatma himself rises from the dead to visit the “world’s least Hindu gym.” The…

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Mil in Suit Claiming Baby Powder Caused Cancer

Photo by Shutterstock A Missouri jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who claimed to have developed ovarian cancer after using…

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Top 7 WTF Fashion, Beauty Stories of 2015 (Vote for the Most Deplorable)

For more reasons to clutch your head like a stunned monkey, check out the worst stories of 2014…

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Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones

Photo by Shutterstock Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. Some slough off in the wash, eventually entering—and later polluting—aquatic environments. Others, a new study…

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Fire Retardants Might Be Entering Your Body Through Your Nail Polish

Photo by Shutterstock A new study from Duke University and the Environmental Working Group has revealed the presence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in popular nail polishes.…

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Your Favorite Wrinkle Cream Might be Raising Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Photo by Shutterstock America’s obsession with youth has consumers crazed for anti-aging products, but new studies reveal what could be slowing down your wrinkles, could be linked to…

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European Union Bans Toxic Chemical NPE in Textile Imports

Photo by Shutterstock In what Greenpeace is hailing a “landmark decision,” European Union member states have unanimously agreed to ban a class of hormone-disrupting…

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34 Worst Sunscreens to Have in Your Beach Bag

Photo by Shutterstock Like Batman and Robin or Thelma and Louise, skin cancer and sun exposure go hand in hand. Yet a full 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the American market not…

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NRDC's Linda Greer is Cleaning Up China's Toxic Fashion Industry

Linda Greer ranks among the fashion industry’s leading “toxic avengers.” As director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s five-year-old “Clean by…

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Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

Looks like Adidas has finally cleaned up its act. A year and a half after Greenpeace branded it a “Detox greenwasher,” the sportswear giant is now “back on…

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